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Copyright: Vandana Bajikar (vandana2923) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 125 N: 5702] (22207)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-28
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS DX VR, UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: South Padre Island
Date Submitted: 2008-05-13 14:28
Viewed: 2786
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
TL, from South Padre Island....
flight of heron.

Today I chose this post to upload for two reasons...
Its birthday of our friend John Tulip....
and second as he is on cruise, in meditarian, found this a perfect to post as a gift :-)
Happy Birthday Johnny.

I was not aware of this heron sitting there on shore, and suddenly he flew,
whatever quick I could be, got this shot.
Probably, the aperture could've been more large to get mode details...

and somehow, I liked this shot.
Peaceful quite evening mood..
Open sea, with high tides..
open sky with no obstacles,
and flying bird....heron.

what could be a better idea of freedom???
"Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires”
---by Bertrand Russell

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Josine: Good to hear youvandana2923 1 05-25 16:55
To JohnTulip: Dear Johnnyvandana2923 1 05-18 06:05
To Janice: Hello Janicevandana2923 2 05-16 15:25
To shelbeesmom: Hello Lindavandana2923 1 05-14 09:19
To Janone: LOLvandana2923 1 05-14 09:13
To boonie: Hello Danielvandana2923 1 05-13 15:05
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Well named Vandana
On this kind of shot you grab what you can and not bad at all. Good tribute to John's birthday. Waves are well captured with contrast between the blue and white.
The horizon is almost deat center, Mmmmmmm!


hi vandana, good timing here, the colors are amazing and a pretty good composition, the horizon is in the middle but my eye gos to the bird which makes it work for me!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-05-13 16:58]

Hello Vandana,good in-flight shot of a Heron, beautiful light and lovely composition, thanks!


Hi Vandana:
A wonderful gesture of B' wish for Sir John:)
Beautiful capture as it is... and perhaps it all happened too quick to adjust anything...good composition..and yes, peaceful...I also detect some movement...were you on a fast moving ...something?
Have wonderful day

Hope that John feels as free as a bird on his trip cruising the Mediterranean Sea.

Lovely feeling you have created Vandana and
Congratulations Johnny!


hello dear vandana

nice shot!
good sharpness, perfect timing
beautiful waves


Namaste Vandana
Yes you are right its a peaceful and quite shot. As you have said that it was spontaneous and you couldnt get time to open big aperture here is fine because you never know when you come up with a shot like this. A very beautiful gift for John Tulip.
BG, specialy waves are very beautiful.

Manuj MEhta
:) soon

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2008-05-14 0:57]

What a very good birthday gift for Johnny and best wishes from me, too.
Best regards Rose

Hi Vandana,
beautifull composition, great panorama view,
excellent work, my compliment!!!


Hello Vandana! Wonderful seagull. Amazings eascape. Fantastic dynamic shot. Good luck!

Hi Vandana,
IMHO for me Its not easy taken picture on flying bird..but this one i consider very good,the details and the beautiful formation of the waves.
Wonderful gift for John B-day's..
Nicely taken and well done..


Thanks for your kind words on my "FOR EVERYONE CALL MOTHER"

Hello Vandana,

Buena captura de esta gaviota en libertad, me gustan los colores y tonos. Buen disparo.



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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-05-14 4:00]

Hello Vandana,
Wonderful flight capture, excelent colours and detail. A beautiful and very well chosen birthday card.
My regards, mb

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-05-14 4:55]

Hi Vandana
Indeed freedom.
very beautiful.
Gr Jos

Hello Vandana

Beautiful visual and capture.
I like the landscape of the beach and of the beautiful
hang-gliding of the seagull.
beautiful light and composition,


Hmmm a straight horizon line?? AMAZING! Unheard of! A pet peeve of mine and you made it perfect! Wonderful! Freedom is a wonderful thing, I cherish mine. Freedom is mine to take! The key is on the table in front of me, all I have to do is take it and unlock myself! Marvelous Vandana! Thanks for reminding me!

Well composed Vandana.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 3 N: 199] (1317)
  • [2008-05-14 8:09]

It inspires a fresh sense of freedom indeed. The heron really adds a point to the picture.
I like it!
Thank you very much for sharing.

Hello Vanny.
First thing cross my mind is the song of Celine Dion. "Fly".
Nice capture, could have been in 'Kijkduin' aswell.
Greetings from Jan
ps: Seems 'Johnny' is getting old, not being the first to comment on your posting. haha

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-05-14 16:25]

Hi Vandana
Very lovely post which will really touch John.
The freedom of the bird over these waters really represents our travelling dutchman.

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  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2008-05-14 18:18]

Great reflexes and a great shot,
I had a gull come at me once that way, got the shot but paid the price with it relieving itself all over me and the camera as it swooped by. You seemed to have better luck, and I'll admit, you came out with the better shot as well as clean. ;0)
Nice work,

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  • kross1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
  • [2008-05-14 22:28]

Absolutely an incredible capture. The composition is great and your quick reflexes are amazing.

Thanks for the nice words on my Fountain photo.

Hi Vandana,
what a great shot,
amazing compo and colours,
perfect clarity and sharpnes,
wellone and tfs,

Hi Vandana,
Breathtaking image again.
Composition wawes and ripples excellent. Nice gift for our friend.
Selahattin E

Hello Vandana. Beautiful image of a freebird signifying freedom. Stunning image along the small waves and the open sky. Thanks for sharing and very well done. Regards. Jusni

Bom dia Vandana

Very beautiful capture. A great tribute to fredom and I love the texture and color sea.

My regards


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-05-15 2:57]

Hi Vandana

I like the parellel diagonals, of the soaring bird at left, & the incoming wave at right. The thumbnail doesn't do this justice. Tfs!

Hi Vandana,
Excellent timing and great shot.
Lovely composition,beautiful colours.
Well done.TFS.

  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-05-15 14:01]
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Nothing is as free as a bird in flight.
And lucky JohnTy is as free as one as well on his cruise.
The rolling waves look good Vandana, I hope it isn't rough for JT on his boat.

very nice sea scape with beautiful image of the bird. the light falling on the waves have created a very drametic effect and given it more of three dimention feeling.
Goodwishes and God bless you.

Hi Vandana,
Great capture and a well timed shot ... very dynamic indeed with the rolling waves in the background. Well composed and presented. Well done! tfs

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-05-16 3:45]

so beautiful.I liked it so much.Full of action.TFS.Necla.:)later.

I like the shore line, Vandana. Great picture with the bird being a bonus. Shoot multiple images maybe? If a follow up shot had the heron above the horizon line .....
By the way: Happy b-day John! Hope he didn't get kidnapped in Istanbul - no posts or critiques lately....

Beautiful sea scene, I like the compo, with that flying bird in the FG, the blue tones and the rather low sunrise (or sunset ?) light...

TFS and a nice WE !


Hi Vandana, splendid sea view with fantastic flying bird, wonderful composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Simple but very effective Vandana and well captured. Good colour and light and well composed. TFS,

hi Vandana,
beautiful fly over the seaside, beautiful picture dear friend, brava
kind regards

Hello Vandana
Thanks for the nice thought my dear friend and I like this compo very much
Yes I am 45 now (*_* )
There is a good comparison between my day of 'birthday on a ship and this bird drifting over the free ocean .
Smiles from Holland

Hi Vandana!
It's really nice of you to have thought of John, and to have let us know, in such a nice way, that today it's his birthday.
I wish only the best to John, hoping he'll have a wonderful birthday and a marvellous time on the cruise.
Best regards,

Hello Vandana,

Very beautiful image, I like the atmosphere of this photo.
Excellent gift for John.
Best regards,

Hi Vandana,

Excellent shot! Very well composed and I like the slight blurring of the Heron, giving us the sense of motion. Great lighting and lovely colors.
Hugs from Tanya,

Hello Vandana,
Fabulous shot,
Lovely bird,
Little bit dark,
Good job,


:) ltr...

Hi Vanny
Not being on a long time
So hectic in work, but I see John and Yolan this evening we had coffee,
his Mom is in my town in Hospital as you know , things will work out with her, lets be positive.
John Told me about a greatcruise and I like your photo so much

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-05-27 5:51]

nice shot,good sharpness, perfect timing &
beautiful waves. Well done.

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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-06-09 12:55]

Hi Vanny
Good and profound work here Madame ! :-)
Very nice colors and detail , and a very good gift.
( mine January 1 , yes ! ) :-)
Take care

( we call you this week for that visit)

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